Geoffrey S.D. Beach

  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Co-director, Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) at MIT
  • BS Physics, California Institute of Technology, 1997
  • PhD Physics, University of California, San Diego, 2003

Ceramics; Condensed Matter Physics; Electrochemistry; Electronic Materials; Magnetic Materials; Nanotechnology; Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films; Transport Phenomena

Geoffrey S.D. Beach


Professor Geoffrey Beach worked in UCSD's Center for Magnetic Recording Research to develop novel magnetic thin-film nanocomposites for ultrafast data storage applications. He later went on to the University of Texas at Austin as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physics and the Texas Materials Institute where he made important discoveries in magnetization dynamics and spin-transfer torque in nanoscale magnetic structures. His current research interests focus on spin dynamics and “spin-electronics” in nanoscale magnetic materials and devices. Developing ways to store information more densely and to access it more quickly requires understanding the magnetization configurations in nanoscale structures and how they evolve in time. His work aims in part to understand and control spin excitations in magnetic materials whose dimensions approach fundamental magnetic length scales. One of the most exciting prospects in magnetism today is the possibility of electrical control of the magnetic state of a device, taking advantage of the coupling between spin and charge in a conducting ferromagnetic material. A major thrust of his research aims to harness the spin of the electron in magnetic materials to realize new approaches to spin-based storage and computation. Studying these processes requires the development of advanced instrumentation capable of probing magnetization dynamics at the shortest timescales and the smallest length scales. His group will work to develop new optical and electrical approaches to push the detection limits in order to enable development of new materials and structures to meet the information storage and processing demands of the future.

Recent News

A new way to control magnets

Reversible system can flip the magnetic orientation of particles with a small voltage; could lead to faster data storage and smaller sensors.  

Controllable Spintronics

A new approach to controlling magnetism in a microchip could open the doors to memory, computing, and sensing devices that consume drastically less power than existing versions. The approach could also overcome some of the inherent physical limitations that have been slowing progress in this…  

Ferrimagnets speed up racetrack memories

Spintronics devices, which exploit the spin of an electron as well as its charge, could be ideal for use in high-density data storage devices and for next generation information processing. One promising technology involves using magnetic solitons, such as nanoscale domain walls and magnetic…  

Deshpande Center and J-WAFS announce fall 2017 research grants

The MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation announced today the award of $768,000 in grants to 17 MIT research teams currently working on early-stage technologies. DMSE-related projects include: "Structured Nucleic Acid Nanoparticle Therapeutic Delivery Platform" — Mark Bathe,…